UK holiday cottages for August

Make the most of the UK's summer sunshine

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Sophie Gackowski

Sophie Gackowski
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UK holiday cottages for August August: it can top 23°C at this time of year, and when the sun is out and shining on our faces, winter’s nothing but a distant memory. The kids don’t go back to school until the end of the month (or around 18 August for Scotland), and events and festivals celebrate the warm weather across our isles. And let’s face facts: most of us turn bright red in the heat of southern France or Spain, and Egypt and the Canaries? We won’t even go there. So why not enjoy the understated beauty of a British summer, with a holiday here instead?

There’s plenty of scope for a cottage holiday in the UK. If your ideal setting is the seaside, pack your bags for Cornwall; if you’ve got outdoor activities in mind, consider a stop in Perthshire. Golfer; history buff; beach bum; man or woman of simple pleasures – adventures await on every cottage door of the United Kingdom.

 

August holiday cottages for that sunshine break at home


   

August holiday cottages in Windermere August holiday cottages in Windermere

When you think of the Lake District, you can’t help but think of Windermere – it’s the largest lake in England, and has over 10,000 boats registered to it. Phew! If you’re a novice in the water, no worries: there are dozens of activity companies and tour operators in and around the area, offering everything from gentle cruises on steamers to lengthy lessons in canoeing. Don’t want to get wet? Pony treks and ghyll scrambling await those with older children, while little ones can get lost in the World of Beatrix Potter.

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August holiday cottages in Newquay August holiday cottages in Newquay

Newquay. Can you smell the surf already? This far south, August is an amazing time to book a holiday cottage – temperatures are higher, so even subtropical flowers have a fighting chance of blooming. Of course, it’ll be the golden sands you want to head for first, and there are many just a stone’s throw from the town. But don’t forget to check out the Lappa Valley Steam Railway, Trenance Gardens and the town’s own Zoo – all are fantastic for families.

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August holiday cottages in Kent August holiday cottages in Kent

Kent’s a county with a lot to give: it has Blue Flag beaches like Margate, attractions like Chislehurst Caves, and lovely seaside towns like Whitstable (oysters – enough said). But it’s called the ‘Garden of England’ with good reason; there are 12 Country Parks here, and an entire third of it is covered by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The High Weald and the Kent Downs cover 1,438 square miles. That’s a whole lotta beauty to take in during a cottage break.

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August holiday cottages in Anglesey August holiday cottages in Anglesey

From Llanddona to Llanbedrgoch, there’s no end to the double-l in Anglesey. And we haven’t even got started on Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - gogerychwyrndrobwllllant - ysiliogogogoch (did you even attempt to read that?). But it’s not about place names; it’s about Anglesey’s incredible coast and countryside cottages, with never-ending opportunities whether for hillwalking or heritage sites. Go diving, take a boat trip, walk along the cliffs and eat freshly caught crab. Just crossing the bridge will unveil its beauty.

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August holiday cottages in St Andrews August holiday cottages in St Andrews

St Andrews is one of my favourite places for a day out, particularly when the sun’s shining. It’s got a sweeping stretch of sand, great restaurants, ice-cream to die for (bit extreme, but hey – I do love ice-cream), and independent shops in spades. Head for the Sealife Centre, explore the ruins of the cathedral, and climb St Rules Tower (unless you have a serious fear of heights or enclosed spaces…) for amazing views over the town and out to sea. Round it off with a game of golf, and then more ice-cream – Irn Bru’s the latest flavour.

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UK holiday cottages for August

South Somerset//Dorset Border, Close To National Trust Properties, Jurassic Coast

Situated next to a historic 18th Century Water Mill, Tamarisk cottage is 1 of 4 cottages overlooking the Mill Pond within 2 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens. The cottage is within walking distance of the village amenities of Norton Sub Hamdon...

SEIBIANT, family friendly, with a garden in Criccieth, Ref 13675

Seibiant is a cottage situated in Criccieth, near to the popular and picturesque walking area of Snowdonia National Park. The cottage sleeps seven people and has one king-size double, one twin with en-suite and one small single, a bathroom, fitted...

BEUDY HYWEL, pet friendly, with a garden in Llanrug, Ref 6145

Beudy Hywel is a detached barn conversion, set on the owners' land, one mile from the village of Llanrug, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. This all ground floor cottage sleeps four people and has one king-size double bedroom with dressi...

HARDCASTLE CRAGS COTTAGE, pet friendly in Hebden Bridge, Ref 16835

Hardcastle Crags Cottage is situated in Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. The cottage is over three floors and sleeps six people in one super king-size double bedroom, one room with a double sofabed and one second floor attic room which can be a tw...

LITTLE SEDGE, with a garden in Freshwater, Ref 16904

Little Sedge is a cottage on the edge of the seaside village of Freshwater Bay on the Isle of Wight. The cottage sleeps three people and has one double bedroom and an open plan kitchen, dining and sitting area with a sofa bed. This cottage offers ...

BAY TREE COTTAGE, pet friendly, with a garden in Thornford, Ref 17834

Bay Tree Cottage is a semi-detached property in the attractive village of Thornford, three miles from Sherborne in Dorset. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one double and one single with additional pull-out stacker be...

NANT-Y-PWL, family friendly, with a garden in Bryncrug, Ref 16996

Nant-y-Pwl is a semi-detached stone barn conversion in the Snowdonia National Park, 2 miles from Llanegryn. THe cottage sleeps seven people and has two double bedrooms, a twin and a single along with a family bathroom. There is a fitted kitchen wi...

9 CAMDEN BUILDING, family friendly in Kendal, Ref 17785

9 Camden Building is a second floor apartment in the centre of the Cumbrian town of Kendal. The apartment sleeps five people and has two double bedrooms, one single and a family bathroom. Also in the apartment is a fitted kitchen with a dining are...

DAMSON CROFT, family friendly, with a garden in Lastingham, Ref 14454

Damson Croft is a single storey house in the village of Lastingham, seven miles from Pickering. This cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms, consisting of one double and one twin, as well as a bathroom. The cottage also has an open plan living...

5C HIDEWAYS, family friendly, with a garden in Hunstanton, Ref 8745

5c Hideways is a delightful terraced cottage in the seaside resort of Hunstanton in Norfolk. This single-storey cottage, one of four on site, sleeps four people and has one double bedroom and one twin, as well as a family bathroom. There is also a...

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